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write your own review of the ARRL Antenna Designer\'s Notebook.
Sep 26, 2011 08:05
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Don't buy this book, unless...
Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I rated this book low not because of it's content but because of how the ARRL markets and promotes it. Let's face it, if you're like most hams who enjoy working with antennas, you may want to pick up a book that delves into the antenna(s) you have or aspire to build. This book while very well written and detailed as it is, does not live up to the marketing to the expectations of the typical user. I read over the description of the book and was disappointed after I bought it with how the material played out in reality. See the following:
*Long Yagi Antennas
*Improving the Gain of Single-Boom Yagis
*The Boxkite Yagi
*Dual-Band Boxkite Yagis for VHF and UHF
*Single-Band High-Performance Boxkite Yagis
*Boxkite Yagi Arrays
*Boxkite Yagi Construction
*Field-Zeroing Vertical Antennas
*Compact Ground-Plane Antennas
*Ground Loss Effects in Scale Model Trials of a Compact Ground-Plane
*The C-pole: A Ground-Independent Vertical Antenna for the HF Bands
*C-Pole Antenna Systems
*The Big Loop: an Improved Tunable Loop for the Upper HF Bands
*Linear Loading Theory
What the buyer is not told is that the book is mostly about Boxkite antennas and the vast majority of the other topics in the book relate to this one antenna.
So, if you're looking for a book that explains design notes on "Big Loops", ground planes, yagi's, long yagi's, (as in commonly used amateur antennas) keep looking. We're amateurs, not professionals (by virtue of the hobby's name) and most of us would like to improve the antennas we have in our back yards.
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